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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
An Open Letter to Virginia Democratic Primary Voters Regarding Terry McAuliffe
Dear Virgina Democratic Primary Voters,
I hesitate to give you political advice because I am neither a Virginian nor am I a member of the Democratic Party (here are some of reasons why I am not a Democrat). Another reason that I am not a Democrat is that it is a party that has had people like Terry McAuliffe in its leadership. I believe that McAuliffe, who is running for governor of Virginia as a Democrat, has engaged in activities that are harmful to Democrats and the progressive cause.
I have been doing this blog for the past seven years and one of my targets has been the Fox News Channel. Fox News is an insult to journalism and a conduit for reactionary propaganda that smears Democrats and progressives (Click here for a long article on the misdeeds of FNC). I have used this blog to discredit Fox News (for instance, my Googlebomb of Fox News was a big success). In recent years, ad revenue for FNC has been down and fewer Americans are taking it seriously. I am other bloggers have done damage to Fox's reputation as a news outlet and the Fox News brand is increasingly becoming marginalized (though much more work needs to be done).
Progressive bloggers and others have been able to marginalize Fox News and FNC CEO Roger Ailes in spite of efforts of people like McAuliffe to accord legitimacy to the right-wing propaganda network. For instance, during last year's Democratic presidential primary, McAuliffe appeared on Fox and his praise for the channel was so lavish that Fox CEO Roger Ailes made the clip of McAuliffe's words into a promo for the channel. With friends like McAuliffe, progressives don't need any enemies.
My challenge to you: 1) read my extensive critique of Fox News; 2) watch McAuliffe's unctuous endorsement of FNC (see the addendum); and 3) vote your conscience.
Addendum: Fox News ad featuring Terry McAuliffe: